Common Problems Your Pharmacist Can Help With


Why Visit Your Pharmacy

It’s estimated 50 million visits to the GP are made every year for minor ailments such as coughs and colds, mild eczema and athlete’s foot.

But by visiting your pharmacy instead, you could save yourself time and trouble. Instead of booking and waiting for a GP appointment, you can visit your local pharmacist any time, just walk in.

How your pharmacy can help.

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Minor Ailments and Conditions Your Pharmacy May Help With

  • mild skin conditions, such as acne, eczema, psoriasis, impetigo, athlete’s foot
  • coughs and colds, including blocked nose (nasal congestion), and sore throats
  • bruises, sunburn, and minor burns and scalds
  • constipation and piles (haemorrhoids)
  • hay fever, dry eyes and allergies (including rashes, bites and stings)
  • aches and pains, including earache, headache, migraine, back pain and toothache
  • vomiting, heartburn, indigestion, diarrhoea and threadworms
  • period pain, thrush and cystitis
  • head lice (nits)
  • conjunctivitis, cold sores and mouth ulcers
  • warts and verrucas
  • nappy rash and teething

Health professionals in Warrington are no longer able to prescribe additional medications for short term minor health problems unless there is a specialist clinical need or for certain other exemptions.

This includes:

  • Medicines and treatments that are available to purchase over-the-counter, used for the treatment of minor, short-term medical conditions
  • Medicines and treatments where there are limited evidence of clinical benefit or cost-effectiveness
  • Medicines and treatments that are prescribed to treat conditions where there is no clinical need for treatment

Such as:

  • Pain killers for minor aches and pains
  • Tonics, vitamins and health supplements
  • Ear wax removers
  • Lozenges, throat sprays, mouthwashes, gargles and toothpastes
  • Indigestion remedies for occasional use
  • Creams for bruising, tattoos, and scars
  • Hair removal creams
  • Moisturisers and bath additives for dry skin
  • Sun creams
  • Foods and food supplements
  • Pain relief cream/ointment for short-term use
  • Oral antihistamines for hay fever
  • Decongestant nasal sprays and tablets
  • Teething gels and mouth ulcer treatments
  • Vaginal moisturisers (for example lubricant gels and creams)
  • Warts and verrucae paints
  • Heparinoid gel/cream
  • Antiperspirants
  • Antifungal treatments (for example for athletes' foot)
  • Treatments for bites and stings
  • Treatments for cold sores
  • Antibacterial eye drops
  • Treatment for diarrhoea
  • Head lice treatments
  • Treatments for infant colic
  • Creams/ointments for nappy rash
  • Threadworm treatments
  • Treatments for vaginal thrush
  • Haemorrhoids treatment
  • Cough preparations
  • Eye care products (for example blepharitis wipes)
  • Probiotics
  • Treatments for mild acne
  • Dandruff and cradle cap treatments
  • Baby milks (unless a clinical need for a specialist milk)

For further information, about how you can be prepared to self-care at home for minor ailments, please visit: NHS Halton and Warrington Clinical Commissioning Groups

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